More and more we’re discovering that the shampoo bottles with a zillion ingredients just aren’t as good for us as the products that embrace more, shall we say, natural methods. And the more we embrace these natural ingredients, better we tend to look and feel.
Check out our list of some of the best ingredients to look for when you’re shopping for haircare products (or making your own at home).
Shea butter is an extra emollient, meaning it gives your hair an extra layer of oil to help retain moisture, AKA “sealing in” your hair to protect it against the elements.
No natural haircare list is complete without coconut oil, which is another great emollient. Coconut oil both makes your hair shine and gives it more strength, making it one of the most popular natural ingredients on the planet.
Aloe vera may promote hair growth, treat scalp issues and stop hair loss. The easiest way to use this miracle plant is to mix some aloe vera gel into your favorite conditioner or shampoo.
Vegetable glycerin is a “humectant,” meaning it both attracts and binds water. Products containing vegetable glycerin are great at keeping your hair hydrated.
Another humectant, jojoba is great for adding to damaged, split ends. Jojoba is actually similar to your natural hair oils, making it the perfect choice for a natural-looking head of hair.
Olive oil is another emollient, and the “extra virgin” part means it was produced using only physical means with no machines or chemicals involved whatsoever. Olive oil is a great pre-shampoo and deep conditioner.
Besides working as a humectant, castor oil is antifungal and can help clean and clear your scalp and hair follicles.
Everyone’s favorite humectant, honey is also antibacterial and works wonders on hair, skin, and just about everything else you can think of.
Avocado is bursting with Vitamins A, D and E and tons of potassium to boot. Avocado oil is also easily absorbed into the skin, giving those nutrients a quick route to your roots.
No list would be complete without tea tree oil, the antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial wonder-oil that can heal a dry scalp all by itself.
With natural ingredients like these, a little goes a long way. Choosing haircare products that focus on ingredients such as the ones on this list (instead of thousands of ingredients we can’t pronounce) will be better in the long term for your hair, and possibly your health!